Nature PlayNature Play Area coming to Library Springs
Dundee Township Open Space announces plans to open a Nature Play Area at its Library Springs site.
The Planning & Site Design work is being completed and the site should be open this summer!
What is a Nature Play Area?
Unlike static, traditional playgrounds, nature play areas give children the chance to solve problems and construct their surroundings through natural elements and unstructured exploration. Natural play spaces are designated patches of land devoid of any fancy playground equipment. Instead, kids are outfitted with dirt, sand, water, logs and sticks & encouraged to use their imagination to improvise free form fun.
An article published in the Minnesota Star Tribune by Amy Goetzman adds that “a growing body of evidence finds that children of all ages who play outside and play with natural, found materials — such as water, rocks and dirt — have better physical and mental health, greater social resilience, and more creativity than their couch-surfing counterparts. In 2005, Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” detailed a growing body of research tying rising rates of obesity, depression, and attention-deficit disorder to children’s limited access to nature. Newer studies out of Britain, Switzerland and Finland throw even more weight behind Louv’s argument.”